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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online by Chris Weber, William Chan, Gary Bahadur

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Fraud

Whereas identity theft can include fraud, fraud crimes can occur without someone becoming you by stealing all your personal information. Many fraud cases involve business crimes such as financial institution fraud, Internet fraud, fraud in the insurance industry, and international criminal activities, but fraud can just as easily happen to the average consumer. The anonymity of the Internet lets cybercriminals create any persona and even a fictitious company to fool people into thinking the fraud scheme is legitimate. Internet fraud has developed over the past several years as cybercriminals have gotten more access to people and information and become more sophisticated in their use of technology. Access to people makes fraud possible, ...

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